WASHINGTON — Mazda North American Operations is recalling 3,743 2007-'09 Mazda B-Series pickup trucks for defective Takata passenger-side front airbag inflators, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front airbags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling," NHTSA said in its recall summary. "An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injuries or death."
No injuries or fatalities have been linked to the expanded Mazda recall, Mazda spokeswoman Tamara Mlynarczyk told Edmunds.
She said the driver-side airbag inflators are not affected at this time.
This is part of an expansion of recalls for defective Takata passenger-side front airbag inflators in Mazda vehicles.
The recall includes 2007-'09 B-Series trucks built from June 6, 2006 to January 22, 2009. The trucks were originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The recall also includes 2007-'08 B-Series trucks built from February 21, 2006 to April 28, 2008. The trucks were originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should be ready to make a service appointment with their Mazda dealers in mid-August for this important repair.